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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Disappointing Products

The act of buying beauty products is a double-edged sword, a blessing and a curse. Occasionally, we all strike gold like the 49ers and return home with a wonder pot, always with gorgeous packaging to match. But great luck isn't granted all the time and all great empires come to an end, and this is where I come in. I'm no Debby downer, but I'm also a picky one. So, I'll jaunt on a product for some time before I finally reach its verdict. 

I'm most picky when it comes to skincare, but it's mainly my complexion shouting at me to reach these verdicts. But, really--with skincare, there's no fooling your face; and no one wants to wake up to a face full of spots. Such a product gets tossed in this category. Surprisingly, most of the products that turn my face into a pepperoni pizza are often intended for acne-prone skin. Shocking, I know. Skin is so fiddly. 
Prime example? The Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer. It's fair to say I had high hopes, but this is the second Somerville moisturizer that had me coveting more. For truly oily complexions, this will do wonders at turning your face from well-oiled steering wheel to balanced cotton, but with a good kick of hydration. But there was something about this that initiated a few (painful) pimples onto my face, even with a whole week of testing. 

Nevertheless, this moisturizer did help ease these under-the-skin bumps I have along my jawline, caused, most likely, by the Kiehl's  Skin Rescuer. I loved this stuff, and insisted that it was only aiding my skin. But I put in a pension and realized that, until I used this moisturizer, my skin was free of these fiddly lumps. Whether I can blame this potion or not, I just wasn't impressed by this cream; I didn't notice many results, or anything fantastic--not even redness reducing like its claims.
And, then, I thought the Eve Lom Rescue Mask would help clean all these stubborn spots. But, unfortunately, this mask hasn't done anything good for my skin. The feel of this mask is dreamy (which it should be, considering the price), but I'm not seeing the results.

Skincare sorted, it's not the only category that contains these lack-luster products. I've revealed my makeup mantra once before: simple, natural, and accentuating. Yet some of the products I test don't always align with such a philosophy. The MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle proves to promote a more glittery aesthetic than glowy; and I'll let you ascertain the ending of its fate. But glitter isn't my only turn off. Even my favorite brand, Laura Mercier, has let me down with the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil-Free. This water-based primer has its place, but I don't find it very shine controlling nor smoothing. Although it is rather fantastic for dehydrated skin, I have other primers that stun my countenance in a more pleasing manner.

The NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base also left me wanting more, especially with its surrounding, beauty blogger hype. This primer is good, but perhaps my not-too-oily eye lids mean I don't spot the additional, stunning level between this and cheaper alternatives (such as the Urban Decay Primer--my previous base). But, I'll admit: I hold high standards in the eye product department--most prominently when it comes to mascara. I rid out any clumpy, fake appearing lash additions and the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara is one of them. Normally, I can make do with such awful formulas, oomphing them up with a spoolie and some pigment shifting with the help of my finger, but this mascara accelerates without hope. And perhaps the most disappointing part is that it's not even that lengthening.

Are these bad products? Yes and no. But, like buying new pots and tubes, my opinion can rule on either end of the spectrum. And, unfortunately, this lot ended up being as successful as speculation of an apocalypse; 2012 came and passed without ending. 

28 comments :

  1. Oh no, the product line up is truly impressive and I'm so sorry to hear they didn't work out for you like you hoped. I tried a deluxe sample of the Kiehl's Resue Cream and that was the reason I never caved after the gazillion rave reviews on the net. I found it very sticky, heavy on my skin and indeed, I did notice more bumps around my jaw and cheeks when using it. Irks!

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  2. I find the Kiehl's moisturiser to be quite difficult... Sometimes it doesn't really do anything, other times it's the only thing that helps. I haven't really tried the others to comment, but it's a shame they didn't work out for you!


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  3. accelerates without hope! that's so funny. there's nothing worse than coming home with a new mascara and it failing to deliver.

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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  4. I've tried a whole bunch of products to help my skin, but at the end of the day, nothing has worked like products caused with AHA's and BHA's in various percentages from my local pharmacy. Cheap and oh so useful.

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  5. I've been toying with the idea of purchasing Soft & Gentle for so long, im disappointed you didn't like it!

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  6. Such a shame such hyped products didnt work for you! I loved the NARS primer xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

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  7. Such a shame these didn't work for you, I was about to purchase the lash accelerator though so I'm glad that you said! xx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don't want to be spammy, but I have a YSL Lipstick Giveaway on my blog at the moment!

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  8. So glad to here I'm not the only one disappointed by the Laura mercier primer, it just did nothing for me and for it's hefty price tag £29 I've tried better! I had a few samples of the Kiehls skin rescuer and I still don't know how I feel about it ... X

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  9. Unfortunate to read about your bad experiences... The EXACT thing happened to me with the Kiehls Skin Rescuer and now I'm trying to fix it up using the LRP Hydraphase Intense Legere. AHHHHHHHHH I CAN NEVER WIN

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  10. Word, not massively keen on Soft & Gentle. I like the color but not the texture.


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  11. I've been hearing lots of positive things about the Rescue Mask - so much so that I thought I was the only one in the world who didn't like it! I honestly wonder if people were trialing a different product than I was...

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  12. I actually really loved the laura mercier primer! although i have oily skin, i didn't get the oil free version. i use that with the mineral powder and works a dream!

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  13. Ah, I'm so happy it's not just me. I think other people, according to these comments, haven't had luck with the Kiehl's moisturizer either. But I'll agree that the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer is rather good. xo

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  14. I'm still up for testing it out. It does last a long time; that's a plus. xo

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  15. Haha! Agreed.... xo

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  16. Oooo, thanks so much for the tip. I guess I need to get...purchasing, then exfoliating. xo

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  17. Swatch it before you buy it, and be sure to look at it in natural light. xo

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  18. So many people do. It's so annoying I don't.... xo

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  19. This is what I do: save people money...so then they can buy the things I like. xo

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  20. Agreed; the Smashbox primer, for one, is so good. xo

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  21. Haha! Maybe.... Sometimes, the American versions can be different than the European versions. It's a possibility. xo

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  22. You can use a primer under the mineral powder?!? Do you use Laura Mercier's? I've been coveting it for quite some time. xo

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  23. Yes, you can! I use the Laura Mercier mineral primer with her mineral powder and her oil-free tinted moisturizer, and I think it works well.

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  24. Sorry about the NARS primer! Normally, I wouldn't splash out for a primer, but since I started using eye cream, I've needed it. I got it on Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup's suggestion (girl could sell me anything), and I love it. It's nice that you don't need it, though: if you can get away with less expensive alternatives, go for it.

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  25. Thanks so much! Does the oil-free one work well with the Mineral Powder, or do you just suggest the Mineral Primer? I think I may make a sneaky Laura Mercier order, soon....

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  26. I don't know about the oil-free primer, but I imagine you can use it. I've used the regular primer under mineral powder without any ill effects. Laura Mercier is always a good idea. ;)

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  27. yeah you definitely can! I do use hers. Just the normal primer :) xo

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